Christmas was Mal’s favorite time of the year. Christmas trees needed to be taller than the ceiling. Decorations had to be everywhere. A trip to Marshall Fields was a regular highlight.
One year he had the special treat of reading the “Yes Virginia” editorial and then interviewing the real Virginia. On Christmas Eve 1968 Mal read the letter and then interviewed Virginia O’Hanlon.
You can listen to the interview here.
And here is the very letter:
You can read more about Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas in this detailed wikipedia article.